Launch of the Piper Heidsieck Essentiel Cuvée Reservée

Piper Heidsieck have just launched their latest cuvée, the Essentiel Cuvée Reservée Extra Brut. Last week I and a small group of wine bloggers dined with Regis Camus, the chef de cave of Piper in Central London over various bottles and vintages of Piper Heidsieck. Regis was in town to promote their newest cuvée, the Essentiel Cuvée […] The post Launch of the Piper Heidsieck Essentiel Cuvée Reservée appeared first on The Wine Sleuth.

Graphic Ice from Nicolas Feuillatte

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Two new releases from Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne – Graphic Ice and Graphic Ice Rosé. Perfect for the summer they are designed to be served over ice. I know what I’ll be taking on my next River Thames cruise.
“Pale gold coloured Graphic Ice – Fresh and floral fragrances, pronounced red and stewed fruits with a touch of walnuts and notes of honey.
Why not try the Graphic Ice with lime and Victoria pineapple? Coral pink coloured Graphic Ice Rosé has pronounced fruity flavours – Morello cherry, raspberry and blueberry aromas.
The Graphic Ice Rosé offers a particularly wonderful tasting experience when enhanced with orange and Asian mango.”

Graphic Ice from Nicolas Feuillatte

Graphic Ice from Nicolas Feuillatte Graphic Ice Rose from Nicolas Feuillatte

Both these demi-sec champagnes are Limited Editions. Graphic Ice is available to purchase for £30 and Graphic Ice Rosé for £32 respectively at John Lewis. I’m ...

Two Sparkling French Rosés from the Loire and Champagne

LaCheteau Crémant de Loire Brut Rosé NV, France (£14.99 Ocado) Young vibrant, style, with lots of rich creamy red fruit flavour and yeasty bite, can’t fault it for depth of flavour, but it’s not the most subtle of sparklers… B(-) Champagne Gremillet Rosé Brut NV, France (£24.99 WineTrust100) This is more like it, this is […]

Champagne V. Testulat a Fifth Generation Champagne Estate

The Champagne Testulat estate dates back to 1862. Today the fifth generation of the family tends the 20 hectares (almost 50 acres) of vines and crafts the champagnes. The vineyards are located around the town of Epernay. We had an opportunity to taste four of Champagne Testulat champagnes in a tasting in Washington DC organized by the APVSA (the Association for the Promotion of Wine and Spirits in America). The first champagne tasted by this producer was the Blanc de Blancs Brut made with 100% Chardonnay. The dosage was 6g/l. The champagne spent three years aging prior to disgorgement. This yellow colored wine had multiple columns of tiny bubbles. Apples were noticed on the aroma and taste. The mouthfeel was soft. The champagne is perfect to use an an aperitif or paired with shellfish. The Carte d’or Blanc de Noirs Brut was an equal blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot ...

Champagne Mondet a Summer Aperitif

We had an opportunity to taste five of Champagne Mondet champagnes in a tasting in Washington DC organized by the APVSA (the Association for the Promotion of Wine and Spirits in America). Champagne Mondet was created in 1926 by Jules Mondet who began making wines from small plots of vines. By 1934 the family was selling champagnes at local trade fairs. Today, the fourth generation of the family continue the family passion of making champagne. The 11 hectares (27 acres) of vineyards are located in the villages of Cormoyeux and Romery, The average age for the vineyards are 30 years old. Some of the plots are over 60 years old and used to craft the best cuvées. The three main champagne grapes are planted in the family vineyards: Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir. The first tasting was the Brut Grande Réserve, a blend of 65% Pinot Meunier, 20% Pinot ...

Champagne Colin: A Premier and Grand Cru Champagne Estate

Champagne Colin is the oldest champagne house that we tasted wines at the APVSA (the Association for the Promotion of Wine and Spirits in America) tasting in Washington DC.  The house was established in 1889; now the seventh generation is leading this champagne house in crafting champagnes made with Grand Cru and Premier Cru grapes. Champagne Colin is located in Vertus, a village in the south of Côte des Blancs. In the past, the champagne house was a cooperative. That changed under the leadership of Richard and Romain Colin in 1995. They became independent winegrowers. They produced champagnes from their 11 hectares (27 acres) of grapes. Most of the vineyards are planted with Chardonnay grapes, however, they family also has plantings of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Most of the 11 hectares of vines are classified as Premier Cru and Grand Cru. Kathy and I tasted four of the ...